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Zero Tolerance Family Separation

A Rational, Effective, and Humane Response to Steadily Increasing Numbers of Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Mexico Border

Trump’s Draconian Approach is a Failure and Only Works to Exacerbates Issues In a recent op ed, former INS Commissioner Doris Meissner concluded that our border enforcement system was fundamentally designed to interdict and deter individuals (mostly single Mexican young men) coming to the U.S. for work. But the current flow of migrants has been … Continue reading »

Why did the Trump Administration Meticulously Track Reproductive Cycles of Immigrant Girls in Custody, But Fail to Create a Tracking System for Separated Families?

Friday, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC reported that the Trump administration meticulously tracked pregnancies, reproductive cycles, and details of how immigrant girls became pregnant, among other personal information.  Maddow noted that some entries were made in June of 2018, during the height of the Trump family separation crisis in which the administration deliberately took children from … Continue reading »

Congress: Holding HHS Secretary Azar Accountable for his Role in the Trump Family Separation Policy

Wednesday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar will defend the fiscal year 2020 HHS budget request before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, an opportunity for the Congress to hold Secretary Azar accountable for his role in the Trump family separation policy.  In January, the House Energy … Continue reading »

Federal Court Expands Family Separation Class Finding that Trump Administration Separated Families Long Before Zero Tolerance Policy

“Simply put, Secretary Nielsen and President Trump need to make reuniting these families – all of these families – priority number one.” – Ur Jaddou/DHS Watch Although DHS Secretary Nielsen has been busy lying about the existence of a family separation policy, on Friday, a federal court overseeing the family separation case found that the … Continue reading »

A Humanitarian Crisis the Trump Administration Worsened: Wash Post Editorial Slams Lack of US Investment in Central America; Nick Kristof on the True Emergency at the Border Trump Helped Create

Ahead of this week’s Senate vote on the resolution to block Trump’s unconstitutional emergency declaration, the Trump administration has been relying on a vicious cycle of circular logic and lies to attempt to justify that there’s a crisis that only a border wall will fix. Despite the impending congressional rebuke of their power grab, the … Continue reading »

The Vicious Cycle of Lies, Failures, Cruelty and Hypocrisy That Define Trump’s Immigration Strategy

As usual when it comes to immigration, the Trump administration’s lies, incompetence, cruelty and hypocrisy are caught in a vicious cycle of circular logic and cynicism that needs to be unpacked. Take their focus on the border and the families and young people fleeing violence and instability in Central America: 1. Trump’s policies have failed … Continue reading »

Secretary Nielsen Must Resign

“Yesterday was an alarming combination of outright lies, willful ignorance and jaw-dropping incompetence.” On Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the House Homeland Security Committee. Remarkably, she used her appearance to deny the existence and details of the Trump Administration family separation policy. Evidently, she doesn’t care that the American people witnessed children … Continue reading »

The Consequences of Trump’s Deportation Force: Infants in Jail and Miscarriages

The startling revelations of the administration’s senseless attacks on families continue this week with reports that over nine infants under one year old are being kept at the Dilley detention center in Texas without the appropriate resources or care; that a woman gave birth to a stillborn baby while in ICE custody in Texas; and … Continue reading »

What We Learned and Still Don’t Know Following Yesterday’s Hearing on Trump Family Separation Policy

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on Trump’s family separation policy with key government witnesses from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Border Patrol, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), and Health and Human Services (HHS).  Despite serious and lasting harm in separating children, key officials admitted they did not express concern over … Continue reading »

TWEETS: During HJC Hearing on Family Separation, ICE/CBP/DOJ/HHS Officials Punt Blame

The full House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance family separation policy today, as part of an ongoing Democratic effort to finally bring accountability to the practice that has separated thousands of migrant families. As our own DHS Watch this morning noted, today’s hearing was notable partly because it featured former … Continue reading »